Prior to launching Gatski Metal – I organized educational events for farmers at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). That is how I met Ben (he owned and operated an organic dairy business at the time). During my time with PASA I was honored to meet some of the most down-to-earth, hardworking, sincere, kind people I have ever known. One that made a lifelong impression on me was Kim Seeley of Milky Way Farms. Kim and his wife Ann are beyond generous and wise. They are the kind of people who make a persons life fuller simply by knowing them.
I was stunned to hear of the passing of their son Shon (29) in a car accident. It can’t be. Not to them. Reading the circumstances of the accident made it that much more unbelievable. Shon was on his way to the hospital to visit his wife Jess, as she had just given birth to their second child.
Over and over this rolled around in my brain. I was confounded. The Seeleys have already had their share of uphill battles – like a fire (one just last year).
Shon had an unparalleled commitment to sustainable agriculture (like his father). Shon’s wife, Jess, has been a great supporter of our work here on The Steel Fork. We had just been discussing her commitment to The Steel Fork the night before we heard this news- unbelievable.
This story is tragic. There is no doubt. However, there is some peace in knowing the legacy of the Seeley family will continue – thanks to the help of the PASA community. Please do have a look here and consider offering your support.